Swedes shine on home track
Girls achieve two all-time marks
A tenth of a second shaved off a time or just a few inches added to a jump can mean the difference between a medal and disappointment at a track meet.
Gothenburg coach Steve Reeves said he’s sure there were Swedes who walked away discouraged but improvements by girls across all areas keeps him happy with their fourth-place finish overall.“We are young and inexperienced in a lot of areas,” Reeves said, “but we have people who continue to improve with each meet. That’s what we really want to see.”
Two Gothenburg girls solidified spots on the school’s all-time Top 10 performance list.
Aryn Meisinger was the last of the top three Swede pole vaulters to clear 9 feet and make it into the Top 10 tied for No. 6.
Meisinger also ran legs on both the 4x100 and 4x400 relays which finished fifth and fourth, respectively.
“Our relays keep getting better day by day,” Reeves said.
The other Swede girl to earn a Top 10 spot was Emily Franzen, a sophomore who throws the discus.
Franzen launched the discus 118-0 to claim the No. 10 spot.
“And I think Emily is just going to get better,” Reeves said.
The Swedes finished fourth as a team scoring multiple girls in several events.
Lexington ran away with the title earning 133 points, followed by Sidney at 118.
Since the majority of varsity competitors will be involved in the district music contest on Friday, Reeves said only six will compete at the Don Bader Invite in Lexington.
“It’s a chance for them to really focus,” the coach said.
The meet begins with field events at noon.